Sunday, 26 July 2009

New Work for August - Hitomi McKenzie

Hitomi Mckenzie works with porcelain. She makes functional shapes and individual pieces, combining beauty and function working in harmony, their forms giving the user a sense of joy. Hitomi likes to create communication, a ‘conversation’ between form and surface, each piece becoming an extension of how she responds to the movement of the wheel and the clay.

The work is thrown, then she dissects and distorts the shapes. The throwing rings are exaggerated to give the impression of folds of fabric, and a shiny transparent glaze is used to give a highly polished finish.

New Work for August - Laurence McGowan

Laurence McGowan makes wheel-thrown functional work. Pieces include vases, jugs, bowls, dishes. He uses traditional Majolica brushwork techniques. Stain and oxide mixtures are painted on zirconium opacified Cornish stone glazes which are fired to 1260. The decoration is inspired by plant and animal forms and is applied both to enhance the form and also to reflect something of the exuberance of nature. Interests relating to the work include lettering/calligraphy, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the decorative arts of the Islamic World.

New Work for August - Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly is committed to wheel throwing. He trained at Camberwell and, later, the Royal College of Art. His pots are a response to the tactile aspect of pottery as well as being drawn to the intimacy of the human figure.

Decoration is kept minimal. He uses dark metallic oxides with the occasional use of porcelain slip. His vessels range in size from small intimate pieces to larger more demanding pieces. Edges are left raw, showing the energy and spontaneous tactile nature of the clay. The metallic, graphite feel to the outside is sometimes contrasted with a high gloss dark glaze inside the vessel.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

New Work for August - Lorna Fraser

The inspiration for Lorna Frasers work comes from her love of gardens and gardening, with ideas being informed by the shapes and structure of plant life. She says "I like to explore the sculptural quality of plants whilst also trying to capture their vulnerability, fragility, and sensuality. My pieces are handbuilt using porcelain clay and, for me, its beautiful surface quality requires no glaze or decoration. My intention is that the whiteness of the work brings the form to the fore, emphasising the effect of light and shadows which are integral to the work."

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Tim Andrews

Specialises in smoked and burnished pots including raku. Trained with David Leach 78-79 and at Dartington Pottery Workshop 79-81. For number of years made mostly domestic stoneware and porcelain. 1986-93 shared studio with David Leach. Since beginning of 1994 working from own workshop in Devon. He favours strong classical forms with a variety of surface textures, impressed and incised decoration, fuming, lustres and other treatments.

Phil Rogers

Exhibits in many galleries both in the UK and abroad and his pots are held in a number of public and private collections. Author of 'Ash Glazes' and 'Throwing Pots', past Chairman of the CPA. Most of his pots are thrown and then fired in either a down draught reduction kiln or salt glazed, making extensive use of wood ash and local rocks and clays for the glazes in both.

Claudia Lis

Following the completion of her formal ceramics apprenticeship in Germany Claudia moved to the UK in 1997, where she worked as an assistant to Rupert Spira. Since the launch of her own Montgomery studio in 2004 Claudia has focused on developing a quiet body of celadon wares inspired by historic examples of oriental stoneware and porcelain.

Gilles le Corre

Born Quimper, France. Trained at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts 1975/79. Currently working from his Oxford studio, making thrown and sometimes altered stoneware pots. All are glazed with layers of fused colours to enhance the functional shape.

Charles Bound

Charles Bound was born in New York City. After graduating in 1962 with a degree in English he divided his time between the USA and Africa. Charles didn’t come to study ceramics until 1983, setting up a studio while working as a college technician and teaching. In 1994 he built wood fired kiln, which he has been working with since.

John Higgins

John Higgin's work is handbuilt and constructed from highly textured clay, which may comprise of slab and thrown components. Forms are loosely based around the vessel and are influenced by architecture and painting. Layers of colour are applied at different stages and fired to different temperatures using both reduction and oxidation firings.